Delivered on 16 March 2017

Delivered by Dr Hala Hameed, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations Office at Geneva

Thank you Mr President,

The Maldives warmly welcomes the delegation of Iceland to this meeting. We thank the delegation for the update on the review and appreciate Iceland’s constructive engagement at the Working Group.

The Maldives appreciates the support of Iceland on the three recommendations we made; to address gender pay disparity effectively through the full implementation of the equal pay system standard; to improve access to justice for women victims of domestic violence and gender-based violence; and, to increase professional and effective working procedures in addressing child sexual abuse cases.

We are encouraged by Iceland’s efforts to improve the status and participation of women in society and its dedication in the protection of women’s rights.

The Maldives wishes Iceland every success in the implementation of the recommendations.

Thank you.